The Symbol of Parisian Culture, La Tour Eiffel

 

The Eiffel Tower is the most recognized monument in the city of Paris. Whenever an outsider thinks of Paris the first thing that comes to mind is the imposing structure. There is more to the tower than it’s aesthetics. The tower has influenced many aspects of life and culture. Many paintings, novels, and films have included the Eiffel Tower. There has been exhibits that the acknowledge the significance of the iron tower.

IMPACT OF THE ARTS

When the Eiffel Tower was first built, the people of Paris detested the it. They believed it to be an ugly structure. Artist would make paintings that depict their distaste for the Eiffel Tower. As time went on, several painters started to admire the tower for it’s beauty. One of the most famous artist to do this was Seurat Georges. La Tour Eiffel, was Georges’ popular artwork. The painting displayed the Eiffel Tower in the art form pointillism.

La Tour Eiffel, by Seurat Georges,1888.

In the art world, the Eiffel Tower is a symbolism of modernism and avant-garde. Even though the tower is popularly used in paintings, it is also featured in films. There have been many films that included the Eiffel Tower in the work. Films such as : La cite foudroyée, by Luitz Morat, Epouse-moi, by Harriet Marin, The DaVinci Code, by Ron Howard, and Rush Hour 3, by Brett Rattner. Films such as these help glorify the monument and represent it’s importance to the city’s culture.

VISITORS OF THE EIFFEL TOWER

The Eiffel Tower receives an abundance of attention from tourist. The structure accumulates about 7 million tourist a year. This type of reception makes the Eiffel Tower the most visited monument in Paris. Throughout it’s existence, the Eiffel Tower has amassed over 200 million visitors. Such a milestone establishes the Eiffel Tower’s impact on the image of Paris. Within these many visitors, there has been many important figures who have came and seen the tower. The structure has attracted Thomas Edison, Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, the Emperor of Japan, Queen Sirikit, Yuri Gagarin, and many more influential people.

INFLUENCES ON THE PARISIAN

With having such a well recognized monument in a city gives its residents a great sense of pride. With the Eiffel Tower being located on the left bank of the Seine, there has been a rivalry between the Right bank and the Left bank, though not as prevalent as it was in the past. The left bank had always been associated with artists and creative people, while the Right bank is associated with the intellectuals and the thinkers. The Eiffel Tower indeed represents the creativity and the artistic view of Paris. Aside from being a marvelous monument, the Eiffel Tower is also a symbol of engineering as well. It represents the advancement of engineering in Paris and should represent the Right Bank as well. Paris embraces its national monuments and tries to display them as best as possible and the Eiffel Tower is the best in the entire city.

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Right Bank

THE EXHIBITION HUB

With the popularity of the Eiffel Tower brings many different exhibitions to Paris. The Eiffel has been part of many of them. Some are held to celebrate the cultural significance of Eiffel Tower or the scientific accomplishment that was achieved when the tower was completed in a year of construction. Some of the exhibitions were: “Lovers of the Eiffel Tower,” held in 1982, “World Encounter,” in 1993, “The Story of Iron,” in 1996, “Wojtek Korsak, Tours and Detours,” in 2002, and “The Eiffel Tower in Film Posters,” in 2007

 

– Jeffrey Augustin

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